Green Resource Library

The following third-party resources are not specific to the Green Building Initiative but are provided to you here for general information regarding green building.

  • Perception, Thoroughness, and Consistency

    Part 2 of 3: A real world comparison of sustainable rating systems is a fortunate opportunity. Last Month, we compared the costs of having similar buildings Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified through the Unites States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Globes certified through the Green Building Initiative (GBI). We left you with questions regarding the design documentation and submission fees for LEED and Green Globes and how that may impact the building.

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  • Sustainable Options: A Cost Comparison

    Part 1 of 3: A real world comparison of sustainable rating systems is a fortunate opportunity. "At the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte, we were able to take two similar Residence Hall buildings, on adjacent sites, and have one of them Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified and one Green Globes Certified. The process of taking LEED Certified Miltimore Hall (at 172,000 square feet, and with a Guaranteed Maximum Price [GMP] of $32,000,000) and Green Globes Certified Belk Hall (at 168,000 square feet, and with a GMP of $27,000,000) from programming through construction, offered a close-up comparison of the rating systems."

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  • Green Globes®: Differences from LEED® and how tile fits in

    Green Globes has emerged as a viable alternative to LEED, and tile is perfectly poised to contribute toward points and compliance with its comprehensive ‘performance plus transparency’ initiatives, Green Squared® and the North American-made Ceramic Tile EPD Written by Bill Griese, LEED AP BD+C

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  • Drexel Building Study

    Drexel University opted to pursue sustainability certification by two paths, using both the Green Globes® and LEED® rating systems, for the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, a five story, 130,000 square-foot laboratory and classroom building. The project was first certified as LEED Gold, then assessed to merit an equivalent award of Three Green Globes. Written by: Associate Professor Dr. Jeffrey Beard in the Department of Construction Management

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  • Switching from LEED to Green Globes; A Users Perspective

    This 3 page White Paper was written by Charles J. Kibert, a Professor in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, College of Design, Construction and Planning, at the University of Florida.

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